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Human remains found at Little Rock park where missing teen Ebby Steppach last seen

Little Rock detectives have found possible human remains at Chalamont Park. (KATV)

Little Rock police detectives investigating the disappearance of Ebby Steppach found human remains Tuesday morning at Chalamont Park, where the missing teen was last seen more than two years ago.

Police spokesman officer Steve Moore said the remains were found about 10 a.m. in an underground drainage pipe. A public works crew was then called to dig up the pipe to search for more evidence.

"Today those cold case investigators decided that we needed to look in a drainage pipe that runs down the back of the park," Moore said. "Once we got that pipe they were able to see human remains inside that pipe."

Moore said police had notified Ebby's family about the discovery, but said authorities could not immediately confirm whose remains were found. The remains will be sent to the state Crime Lab to be examined.

Ebby was 18 years old when she went missing on Oct. 24, 2015. Days later, her Volkswagen Passat was found at Chalamont Park. The park is off Arkansas 10 on the city's west side, about a half-mile west of Chenal Parkway.

"Where we started-- as you can see the memorial... is where her vehicle was found, and that drainage pipe starts not far from there. This is all based upon following up on that case. We've never given up on this," Moore said.

Ebby's mother Laurie said in an interview after Ebby's disappearance that she was strong-willed and wanted to live on her own. She said Ebby had recently moved in with her brother. He brother reportedly spoke to her on the phone shortly before she disappeared. He told police that Ebby sounded confused and disoriented on the phone call, and that she said she was lost and didn't know where she was or who she was with. The four-minute phone call was the last time Ebby spoke to her family.

Police, volunteers and officials from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have searched the park multiple times since Ebby went missing. The searches, some of which included trained bloodhounds, yielded no trace of the missing teen.

The case made national headlines and led to at least one unconfirmed sighting of Ebby outside the state.

Steppach's family has offered a reward for information that led to her being found. The family raised the reward to $50,000 in June. Four months later, Steppach's family said that TJ Ward, the lead investigator in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, had joined in the search for Ebby.

Moore said Tuesday that Ebby's disappearance began as a missing persons case, then was turned over to homicide detectives. The case ended up with the department's cold case unit, a group of veteran detectives that investigate unsolved cases. Those detectives found the human remains at Chalamont Park on Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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